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From coproduction and co-finance to the latest development news from Hollywood to Bollywood, C21Drama keeps you up to date with what’s happening in scripted entertainment worldwide. C21’s Drama Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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Nordic Entertainment Group has poached Stephen Mowbray, head of acquisitions at Swedish pubcaster SVT, for a role at its Viaplay streaming service.
US premium cablenet HBO has ordered a series adaptation of American author Raven Leilani’s debut novel Luster from France- and LA-based studio Gaumont and Tessa Thompson’s prodco Viva Maude.
NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to The Missing, an eight-part crime drama from Keshet Studios, Universal Television and writer/producer David E Kelley.
Global streamer Netflix and Canadian pubcaster CBC have co-commissioned young-adult comedy series Fakes.
Amazon-owned AVoD service IMDb TV has commissioned the single-camera comedy, Primo (working title), from creator Shea Serrano and executive producer Michael Schur.
WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has greenlit Poor Devil, its first original adult animation series from Spain.
Studio21, the C21-backed fresh talent development producer, has announced the 22-strong longlist of projects bidding for a £10,000 development prize through its annual Drama Series Script Competition.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV is among those reportedly considering a takeover of its commercially funded pubcaster rival Channel 4 as the government looks to be pushing ahead with its plans to privatise the broadcaster.
The number of IPTV subscribers around the world will exceed the number of global cable TV subscribers by 2026, according to UK analysis firm Digital TV Research.
Australian pubcaster ABC has greenlit a crime thriller series coproduced by Fremantle Australia and Archipelago Productions.
Minderoo Foundation in Australia has launched a production and finance company with an initial A$10m to invest in screen projects that inspire change.
The growing popularity of multilingual dramas and international coproductions has raised concerns about the return of Euro-pudding content, executives have told C21.
US-based Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has expanded into India with the acquisition of Mumbai- and LA-based production company Locomotive Global.
Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest is set to continue after the tech giant’s streaming service ordered two more seasons of the workplace comedy.
Disney+ has picked up the international rights (excluding the US and Canada) to live-action mystery series The Hardy Boys.
WarnerMedia-owned HBO and SVoD service HBO Max saw subscriber growth in international markets in the third quarter despite expected declines in the US.
Amazon in Japan has commissioned a local version of Australian comedy format No Activity, marking its first adaptation in Asia.
Italian pubcaster Rai and French pay TV operator Canal+ have picked up factual content from ORF Enterprises, the sales arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF, in deals agreed at last week's Mipcom conference.
Comedians Harriet Kemsley and Bobby Mair are planning a follow-up to their reality sitcom Bobby & Harriet Get Married based around the birth of their first baby.
Netflix employees were among those who took part in an in-person rally and a virtual walkout on Wednesday as part of the backlash against the streamer's recently released Dave Chappelle special, The Closer, which critics say contains transphobic and homophobic material.
LA-based producer and distributor Dynamic Television has hired Shoe Money exec Rachel Taff as director of development and ex-CBS and Disney exec Will Baldwin as manager of development.
NBA star Patrick Patterson and producer Joel Reilly have teamed up to launch a production company with operations in both the US and Canada.
Sister, the production venture from Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, is set to work with the fledgling studio arm of North London venue KOKO as part of its investment in the theatre’s restoration.
US free-to-air network The CW has acquired an Italian drama starring Poldark's Aidan Turner and an Australian comedy drama called Bump.
US-based Fuse Media has acquired over 60 hours of programming for its Fuse Beat channel from BBC Studios.
Netflix is changing the way it reports on the popularity of its originals, shifting to reporting on hours viewed rather than the number of accounts that choose to watch them.
Lionsgate-owned streaming service StarzPlay is on the lookout for a “light and fun” whodunnit series with a tone and style similar to Rian Johnson's hit 2019 film Knives Out, according to Starz VP of international programming Jeff Cooke.
ViacomCBS has unveiled a flurry of local originals for Network 10 and streaming service Paramount+ in Australia to screen in 2022, including a trio of Endemol Shine Australia shows.
European production house Asacha Media Group has hired former All3Media International exec Maria Ishak as head of international content and coproductions.
Netflix reported 4.4 million subscriber additions in the third quarter, climbing to almost 214 million global subs in total, as its revenue grew 16% year-on-year to US$7.5bn.
Fox Entertainment-owned AVoD platform Tubi is moving into adult animation with its acquisition of The Freak Brothers from Lionsgate.
London-based financer, producer and distributor 108 Media has optioned young-adult horror book A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine for an animated anthology series.
WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max has appointed Canal+ executive Vera Peltekian as VP and commissioning editor of original production in France.
ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German pubcaster, has acquired 49% of Studio Hamburg subsidiary Real Film.
ITV Studios, the production and sales arm of the UK commercial broadcaster, has added three new directors of production roles to oversee UK scripted, UK non-scripted and international production as director of production Sally Debonnaire prepares to retire.
UK funding body Screen Yorkshire has confirmed Sally Joynson will be retiring from the business after 16 years as its chief executive.
UK production accelerator programme Indielab has opened applications for its first initiatives focusing on TV and games producers based in the English county of West Yorkshire.
Former ViacomCBS executive Brianna Bennett has joined ABC Entertainment as senior VP of network drama.
Netflix has picked up a young adult dramady inspired by the popular To All the Boys I've Loved Before film franchise and book series by Jenny Han.
France- and LA-based producer Gaumont and Armando Bó’s About Entertainment have signed a deal to develop series and feature films across multiple genres and languages.
Roku in the US has acquired exclusive rights to the forthcoming Canadian comedy Children Ruin Everything.
HBO Max has greenlit an original series currently being filmed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic ahead of its launch in Central and Eastern Europe next year.
French TV conference Series Mania has issued a call for submissions for both branches of next year's event, the Series Mania Festival and the Series Mania Forum.
North American SVoD service Topic has commissioned a dystopian drama that explores a society left to be governed by children as a mysterious virus starts killing off all adults.
Warner Media-owned SVoD service HBO Max is bringing original series Doom Patrol, set in the DC Comics universe, back for a fourth season.
Batman prequel drama Pennyworth has moved to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, where it has also been renewed for a third season.
Dutch comedian Flip van der Kuil and producer Maarten Swart of local prodco Kaap Holland have joined forces to start a production company.
US studio Lionsgate has linked with LA-based AGC Studios for a spy thriller starring Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones).
The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a new three-year agreement over pay, rest periods, meal breaks and more, averting a strike that would have closed film sets across America.
Netflix has dismissed an employee who leaked sensitive data following a backlash against the streamer’s handling of the controversy around US comedian Dave Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer, the company has confirmed to C21.
The Walt Disney Company has unveiled a slate of local-language content for Disney+ from countries including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, China and Australia as the streamer continues to expand across Asia Pacific.
US studio Lionsgate and entertainment company Redbox have struck a multi-year deal that will see the two distribute each other's content.
Co-founder and CEO of David Smyth is departing the fledgling UK-based AVoD service after less than a year.
ViacomCBS’ global content division ViacomCBS International Studios is partnering with Shine Iberia, Elefantec Global and Legacy Rock on a biopic series based on the life of Spanish singer-songwriter Miguel Bosé.
Brazilian media giant Globo has tapped João Roberto Marinho and Paulo Marinho for presidential roles as longtime head Jorge Nóbrega steps back from the business.
The SpringHill Company, the US media and content company led by CEO Maverick Carter and chairman LeBron James, has sold a minority stake to a group of investors led by private investment firm RedBird Capital Partners.
MIPCOM: If you're on your way back from Cannes, just returned or been keeping track of the event online, catch up with C21’s extensive coverage of Mipcom and MipJunior using these links.
MIPCOM: Nordic pubcasters SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark and YLE in Finland have pre-bought forthcoming procedural series The Chelsea Detective.
Global streamer Apple TV+ has ordered a comedy series executive produced by Ted Lasso duo Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, with Jason Segel (Dispatches From Elsewhere, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) set to star.
German distributor ZDF Enterprises has acquired the rights to Spanish horror series reboot Stories To Stay Awake (Historias Para No Dormir) in all territories outside of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Latin America.
KinoPoisk, Russia’s largest streaming platform and a division of local giant Yandex, has commissioned two original series: an IP-based fantasy series and the first ever Russian adult cartoon.
BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster's commercial production and distribution arm, has appointed interim CEO Tom Fussell to the role on a permanent basis.
MIPCOM: French media firm Mediawan has acquired worldwide distribution rights to music-focused Canadian scripted series For the Record, in addition to picking up the format rights for Europe and Latin America.
The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union representing US below-the-line workers, has said its members will go on strike next Monday unless deal negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers lead to a new agreement.
MIPCOM: Finnish streamer Elisa Viihde Viaplay is here in Cannes looking for a distribution partner for its latest drama production, which explores the banking crisis that hit Finland at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s.
MIPCOM: DR in Denmark and SVT in Sweden are among the European broadcasters to have acquired the latest period drama from UK commercial broadcaster ITV and streamer BritBox.
MIPCOM: New Russian streamer Kion made its debut at Mipcom in Cannes yesterday, unveiling a slate of original Russian titles and telling C21 it is in the market for international coproductions.
The BBC’s director of drama Piers Wenger says controversial demands by the UK’s Conservative government for broadcasters to air “distinctively British content” would not impact the pubcaster.
AMC Networks in the US has greenlit the latest spin-off from its hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, this time in the form of an anthology series.
Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier, formerly at film distributor Sierra/Affinity and US media giant Disney respectively, have partnered to launch prodco Upgrade Productions.
MIPCOM: WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max in Latin America has picked up over 100 hours of premium scripted, children’s and factual content from BBC Studios.
MIPCOM: Nordic Entertainment Group president and CEO Anders Jensen has predicted consolidation among the streamers after the current boom in new services.
MIPCOM: Streamers are commissioning more “big” series rather than niche programming because the crowded content market means audiences are less willing to take risks with new shows, according to Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon.
MIPCOM: A Dutch production company has unveiled a new drama here in Cannes that tells the story of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the so-called father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb programme, who died from Covid-19 yesterday.
Dutch production firm Vincent TV has appointed former NewBe executive Lisa May Visser as creative director of its fiction arm.
MIPCOM: ViacomCBS-owned AVoD service Pluto TV is set to launch three new channels – including one dedicated to Doctor Who – in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and Spain following a deal with BBC Studios.
The latest international original from Nordic Entertainment Group-owned streamer Viaplay has been revealed as an English-language series from Sweden and Ireland.
MIPCOM: Sony Pictures Television network AXN in German-speaking Europe and Now TV in Hong Kong have picked up crime drama Almost Paradise from distributor Electric Entertainment.
MIPCOM: HBO Max in Latin America and Rai Play in Italy are among the international platforms to have picked up drama series from France TV Distribution ahead of Mipcom.
MIPCOM: Mediaset in Italy, Globoplay in Brazil and NPO in the Netherlands are among the international broadcasters to have picked up Austrian period drama Sisi at Mipcom.